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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20865 on: May 04, 2013, 03:30:33 PM »
I'm not sure young kids expecting to be given what they want when they ask nicely qualifies as SS; in a lot of cases, it simply means they haven't learned the other half of the lesson, yet. Now, if it's being used by someone past the age of 7 or so with the same expectation, that's a different story.

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I've told this story before.  I was up on stage at the church we used to go to, and found someone going through the bag of drum sticks that belonged to Mr. Sirius' band's drummer.  This gentleman has played drums since he was 10 (he told me) and he's now 65+ and has quite a collection of specialty drum sticks that he carries around in a leather bag.  I asked, "May I help you?"  The person going through the bag was a young man of 25 or so, and there was a little boy with him. 

YM:  My little boy wants a set of drum sticks, so I thought I'd take one of these.
Me:  All these drum sticks are the personal property of the drummer.
YM:  Oh, we thought they belonged to the church. 

He took his son's hand and they scurried away.  My jaw was down around my knees.  So if the drum sticks belonged to the church it was okay for them to take them without permission/steal the drum sticks?  I sought Mr. Drummer out and warned him that someone was looking to walk off with a set of his drum sticks, so he secured them.  Had they asked him (I pointed him out to them) he probably would have passed along an old set since I'm sure he has thousands of sets of old drum sticks that he can no longer use.

When I was a child, if I'd asked to be given something that clearly belonged to someone else, I'd have been in big trouble.   It's like the little girl who was playing on my front porch:  I told her she wasn't allowed to play there.  "But my mom said it was okay!"  I explained that it was my property, not her mother's, and I didn't want her playing on my porch.  This little girl actually got the message, and it never happened again. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20866 on: May 04, 2013, 04:23:08 PM »
Sighting at the supermarket today.

I take my basket of 4 items to the "15 items or less" checkout. In front of me is a cart that obviously has more than 15 things in it. "Gosh," I say cheerfully to the guy with the cart. "That looks like more than 15 items."

I've done that before without a problem. Usually the person says something like "Oops! I didn't see the sign." and moves off. Sometimes the person just glares at me and moves off. I've een ha stotroe clerks thank me, because they are not allowed to say anything. Not this guy.

He starts counting items. "One, two three.." He stops when he gets to 20.  "Oh well, " he says to me. "We won't tell anyone."

"Actually," I replied "You are delaying me."

"But, see, some of these are multiples of the same thing, so they only count as one." (Even though, in this store, the clerk must scan each individual one.)  My stony gaze apparently convinces him that I'm not going to be very understanding, so he turns his attention to the clerk, regaling her with his tale of how this food would be used to provide lunch for a volunteer activity he was coordinating--congratulating himself several times on how he was "giving back to the community."

When it was my turn, the clerk apologized for the delay. I told her I understood that she was probably not allowed to say anything to customers about too many items, and that I hoped maybe my comments got to the guy.

"No," she said. "He does this all the time. He thinks that because he's a regular customer, the policies don't apply to him."

Quite a while ago I saw a guy with a huge amount of stuff (including lots of clothes which needed to be de-security tagged), as I was finishing up my shopping and walking out I heard a voice behind me say "It's twenty items or less you <term for a certain part of the body>".  The casualness of the way he said it while walking past really tickled me.  It wasn't polite but he said what the rest of us were thinking.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20867 on: May 04, 2013, 05:01:49 PM »
YM:  My little boy wants a set of drum sticks, so I thought I'd take one of these.
Me:  All these drum sticks are the personal property of the drummer.
YM:  Oh, we thought they belonged to the church. 

One of the pastors at my wife's church bought and donated a dozen or so really nice sets of tongs last year for a potluck or possibly one of their cook-offs. They're all gone now. Every decent utensil or pot in the kitchen is gone. My wife has to bring a knife from home if she needs to cut anything, because the knives in the kitchen are dangerously dull. She and others have thought about donating mixers or coffee pots or various other appliances that would come in handy, but they don't because they know those would also be stolen.

They get a number of non-church members in and out of the kitchen area because the church hosts a food bank that's run by other churches three weeks per month, so at least they have the dubious comfort of hoping it's someone from another church that's stealing from them. Some of it's definitely their own members, though. I'd guess it's a variation on the Tragedy of the Commons - if the stuff in the kitchen belongs to everyone, I'll just take my share home with me.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20868 on: May 04, 2013, 05:12:20 PM »
YM:  My little boy wants a set of drum sticks, so I thought I'd take one of these.
Me:  All these drum sticks are the personal property of the drummer.
YM:  Oh, we thought they belonged to the church. 

One of the pastors at my wife's church bought and donated a dozen or so really nice sets of tongs last year for a potluck or possibly one of their cook-offs. They're all gone now. Every decent utensil or pot in the kitchen is gone. My wife has to bring a knife from home if she needs to cut anything, because the knives in the kitchen are dangerously dull. She and others have thought about donating mixers or coffee pots or various other appliances that would come in handy, but they don't because they know those would also be stolen.

They get a number of non-church members in and out of the kitchen area because the church hosts a food bank that's run by other churches three weeks per month, so at least they have the dubious comfort of hoping it's someone from another church that's stealing from them. Some of it's definitely their own members, though. I'd guess it's a variation on the Tragedy of the Commons - if the stuff in the kitchen belongs to everyone, I'll just take my share home with me.

We keep a stocked kitchen at our mosque for our large community gatherings and people frequently take home the equipment for their own use or try to store things in the fridge.  Do they at least replace what they break, return things promptly, or clean the stuff properly? Nope. One family kept a bunch of raw meat in the fridge that leaked all over everything and my mom and a friend spent an hour cleaning it up.  Gross  >:(

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20869 on: May 04, 2013, 07:42:34 PM »
. . . It's like the little girl who was playing on my front porch:  I told her she wasn't allowed to play there.  "But my mom said it was okay!"  I explained that it was my property, not her mother's, and I didn't want her playing on my porch.  This little girl actually got the message, and it never happened again.
It's possible that her mom did not actually tell her it was okay. Kids have a way of twisting words around.  Once I overheard my SIL in the next room tell her daughter, "If you're going to play ball, you have to go outside, and you have to have an adult with you".  My niece then comes to me and says, "My mom says you have to go outside and play ball with me".   ;D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20870 on: May 04, 2013, 08:06:23 PM »
. . . It's like the little girl who was playing on my front porch:  I told her she wasn't allowed to play there.  "But my mom said it was okay!"  I explained that it was my property, not her mother's, and I didn't want her playing on my porch.  This little girl actually got the message, and it never happened again.
It's possible that her mom did not actually tell her it was okay. Kids have a way of twisting words around.  Once I overheard my SIL in the next room tell her daughter, "If you're going to play ball, you have to go outside, and you have to have an adult with you".  My niece then comes to me and says, "My mom says you have to go outside and play ball with me".   ;D
Today my daughter requested to be allowed to visit her friend a few houses down from ours. I said yes, and if he couldn't play she had to come home. About an hour later I went down the street to fetch her. She was sitting on their porch. Turned out, Friend had been taking a nap. I asked why she hadn't come home.
"Because, if he hadn't been sleeping, he COULD play, so I was just waiting for him to wake up. His mom said I could play when he woke up."
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20871 on: May 04, 2013, 08:26:21 PM »
. . . It's like the little girl who was playing on my front porch:  I told her she wasn't allowed to play there.  "But my mom said it was okay!"  I explained that it was my property, not her mother's, and I didn't want her playing on my porch.  This little girl actually got the message, and it never happened again.
It's possible that her mom did not actually tell her it was okay. Kids have a way of twisting words around.  Once I overheard my SIL in the next room tell her daughter, "If you're going to play ball, you have to go outside, and you have to have an adult with you".  My niece then comes to me and says, "My mom says you have to go outside and play ball with me".   ;D

Well, and also little kids have learned that "My mother said" can be incredibly powerful, so they use it whenever they're challenged. They learn that this isn't applicable through incidents like Sirius's.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20872 on: May 04, 2013, 09:24:31 PM »
At the Y today they had the Spring Fling Mixer for Senior Citizens. So ALL the handicapped spaces were full. SS comes it pushing her mom in a wheelchair , screaming about it. She was using language that would have made George Carlin and Martin Scorsese blush. Because she should never have to come and there be no handicapped parking. SHE should never have to wait her turn, do with out or go out of her way,ever.  Since she could not get a proper HC parking space, she took the space that Vans are supposed to have to drop their lifts. ( The space that is painted in blue hash marks) making it so someone else could not get into their vehicle.
  When we were leaving we got stopped by the lady at the front desk, asking if we saw what she was seeing - SS was out side taking photos of people's license plates - of everyone's car in the smaller front lot ( there is another one out back) -whether they were in the HC spaces of not. When asked what she was doing, she stated that she was turning them into the police and she was going to find out if they were actually handicapped and how. When informed that had no right to that information, and that it was, in fact, an invasion of privacy. She again told off the staff member in vile language and told her that she had a right to these spaces and others did not. 
  The thing is every single car in the HC spaces had either the correct plate or the hang tag. So everyone who was in an HC space had the right to be there.
   

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20873 on: May 04, 2013, 09:48:15 PM »
^^^  Well, everyone except her!!   :o

She was parked illegally.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20874 on: May 05, 2013, 12:50:50 AM »
Saw this story on a social networking site of an SS getting his comeuppance and HAD to share...

"A crowded United Airlines flight was cancelled. A single agent was re-booking a long line of inconvenienced travellers.

"Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket on the counter and said, "I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS."

"The agent replied, "I'm sorry, sir. I'll be happy to try to help you, but I've got to help these folks first; and then I'm sure we'll be able to work something out."

"The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly, so that the passengers behind him could hear, "DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?"

"Without hesitating, the agent smiled and grabbed her public address microphone. "May I have your attention, please?", she began, her voice heard clearly throughout the terminal. "We have a passenger here at Gate 14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him with his identity, please come to Gate 14".

"With the folks behind him in line laughing hysterically, the man glared at the United Airlines agent, gritted his teeth, and said, "F*** You!"

"Without flinching, she smiled and said, "I'm sorry sir, you'll have to get in line for that, too."
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20875 on: May 05, 2013, 01:53:20 AM »
. . . It's like the little girl who was playing on my front porch:  I told her she wasn't allowed to play there.  "But my mom said it was okay!"  I explained that it was my property, not her mother's, and I didn't want her playing on my porch.  This little girl actually got the message, and it never happened again.
It's possible that her mom did not actually tell her it was okay. Kids have a way of twisting words around.  Once I overheard my SIL in the next room tell her daughter, "If you're going to play ball, you have to go outside, and you have to have an adult with you".  My niece then comes to me and says, "My mom says you have to go outside and play ball with me".   ;D

Reminds me of the time two little girls (2 & 4) asked me for a sample at work. I said "Where's your mom and dad ?" The 4 year old said "Our dad is down there (in aisle just out of my sight line)" I said "Okay, tell him he has to come with you to get a sample." They disappeared down the aisle and walked back, followed by a very tall, angry man asking the 4 year old "Who called me over here ?  >:( What do you want ?" The 4 year old pointed at me. "Are these your kids ? Can they have a sample ?" "Those aren't my kids :o *stomps off muttering* Getting called over for silly stuff and they're not even mine..."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20876 on: May 05, 2013, 04:59:54 AM »
When asked what she was doing, she stated that she was turning them into the police and she was going to find out if they were actually handicapped and how. When informed that had no right to that information, and that it was, in fact, an invasion of privacy. She again told off the staff member in vile language and told her that she had a right to these spaces and others did not. 
  The thing is every single car in the HC spaces had either the correct plate or the hang tag. So everyone who was in an HC space had the right to be there.

Four or five years ago at Christmastime I pulled into a strip mall and saw a poor police officer being yelled at by a SS.  Probably most of the year the amount of handicapped spaces is fine but it was Christmastime and it was busy. All the handicap places were taken and this woman was telling him loudly that he needed to ticket and yow all the offenders. Except,  as he kept trying to explain, all the plates were legitimate. They had every right to park there. She let him know she didn't believe him.

I just winced in sympathy and kept walking.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20877 on: May 05, 2013, 06:45:10 AM »
There was this time my brother and SIL and I took my niece and nephews to the Science Museum, which has its own parking garage. There is no place else to park for the museum except the garage, unless you want to park at least half a mile away and walk. My oldest nephew uses a power wheel chair.

Guess what was in all the handicapped spots in the garage?

Vehicles that sported the Science Museum's logo. We drove through every single level and all the HC spaces were full--either with the Museum's vans and trucks, or random Musuem equipment--ramps and railings and big barrels of something or other.

We managed to find a place to park where the wheelchair lift could still be operated. My brother asked to speak to someone and showed them the pictures he'd taken and pointed out that laws were being broken.

"But that's our own trucks! We need a place to park them!"

So DB reported the Museum and the garage to the police.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20878 on: May 05, 2013, 07:42:02 AM »
Oh, I have a little twinge of sympathy for the tantrums over handicap parking. The number of handicap parking spots required by law in my county is insufficient for the proportion of handicapped people in the county.  There only place there's ever enough parking is at Target, who has more spaces than required by law. It's very frustrating to not be able to do what I planned because I can't get the child in a wheelchair out of the car.  I shop at Target an awful lot because of that.
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« Reply #20879 on: May 05, 2013, 07:52:12 AM »
Oh, I have a little twinge of sympathy for the tantrums over handicap parking. The number of handicap parking spots required by law in my county is insufficient for the proportion of handicapped people in the county.  There only place there's ever enough parking is at Target, who has more spaces than required by law. It's very frustrating to not be able to do what I planned because I can't get the child in a wheelchair out of the car.  I shop at Target an awful lot because of that.

Tucson has quite a few. I have zero sympathy for the lady. Other people are disabled. They were all legally parked. There was nothing unique at the strip mall that she couldn't have found elsewhere- an Ace Hardware and 2 or 3 other chain stores found in Tucson. Instead she wasted a cop's time.
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